Living With BP Problem

Dos And Donts For A Healthy Life with Hypertension

  You must be well aware of the excruciating complications of high blood pressure. The mere name of complications is enough to make you take all the care you need to, while living with hypertension.

Here is the action plan that you need to follow:

DO'S
Keep a track of your blood pressure:

Living with high blood pressure is not a kid’s stuff. You need to monitor your blood pressure levels on a daily basis. Today, there are lots of devices available in the market that facilitate you to monitor your blood pressure on own. Get one such monitor at your home and monitor your blood pressure regularly. Also make sure that you maintain accurate records for the same.

See your doctor regularly:
Be in regular touch with your health care provider. If you are confused about your dosage, ask your doctor again. And if you notice any side effects, inform your doctor without delay.

Keep enough medicine:
Make sure you refill your hypertension medicines before you run out of them. Take your medicines on time and as directed.

Cultivate a healthier lifestyle:
Consult your doctor and ask him about what you should eat. You can also ask him about and then start the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. DASH is a clinically proven diet recommended for reducing high blood pressure.

Eat a balanced diet:
Hypertension requires the intake of a healthy diet. Take foods which are high in potassium and rich in fiber.

Exercise daily:
Make it a point to exercise for at least 30 minutes daily. This will go a long way in helping you control your blood pressure.

DON'TS
Don't take too much salt:

Too much salt can elevate your blood pressure. Check for the quantity of salt or sodium present in the food before you purchase or consume it.

Don't smoke or drink:
Drinking and smoking can cause a sudden elevation in your blood pressure. If you are unable to give up smoking, then try to reduce the number of cigarettes smoked in a day. If you drink, then drink in moderation. Do not overdo any of the two.

Don't get less sleep:
Remember, if you don't take enough sleep, it may raise your blood pressure. The more you sleep the more normal is your blood pressure. Sleeplessness increases the level of stress hormones, which can ignite the sympathetic nervous system thereby causing many complications.

Maintain a healthy weight:
Being overweight can add to your hypertension problems. If you are overweight, start working towards a healthy weight. You can do this by limiting the size of your meals and snacks, and by refraining from high calorie foods.